For the longest time, I’ve asserted that Tuesday’s are the toughest day of the week. Even though Monday’s are hard to face, they also have a ‘clean slate’ feel. You know you have the whole week ahead of you and, if you’re a go-getter like me, you’ll want to hit the ground running. Wednesday’s mean the week is half over, so you can’t be too upset about them. Thursday’s are like that last thirty seconds of a workout where you just want to quit but you literally only have thirty seconds left so you push through anyway. Friday’s, or “Fri-yay’s,” are always wonderful no matter what your week was like (even if you know you have to work the weekend).
That leaves Tuesday. The day after Monday, not quite Wednesday.
My mood tends to sour on Tuesday’s. And no, this is definitely not just a mom thing. If you knew me before I became a stay-at-home slash photographer slash blogger mom, you could provide testament to the fact that Tuesday’s would usually come with an extra one (or two) cups of coffee for me. Black. No sugar. Probably an extra espresso shot.
Obviously, the luxury of being in a bad mood, plugging in earbuds and tuning out the world for a few hours while plugging away at Excel is no longer an option for me. One of the many million things I’ve learned since becoming a mom is that my emotions and actions are on display. Having a rough morning? Toddlers don’t care. Neither do babies. This is not groundbreaking news, nor should it be. It’s just a fact. It has taken me a few years but I’ve finally identified a few quick fixes to redirect my mood when I feel myself heading south, and doing it quickly before all you-know-what breaks loose and someone (probably me) starts crying.
Maybe you’re in the same boat as me, staying at home with your kids and needing a pick-me-up every now and then. Perhaps you work in an office and can totally relate to that loud-music-don’t-talk-to-me-when-my-earbuds-are-in feeling. Maybe you’re a pretty optimistic person but some things have been getting you down lately. I’d love to share with you some of my go-to actions for improving your mood in a jiffy. And yes, looking at this picture of B could be (but isn’t) one of them:
1) Go on a walk. If you’re feeling sluggish or down about whatever task you happen to be doing, get up and walk around for 5 minutes. When I was working, I would do a few laps around our building when I needed to talk/cry/vent/be silent and it always helped. Now, when I’m in a bad mood or I notice the girls are extra cranky, I’ll put everyone in the stroller and head out. There is something magical about getting the blood flowing and breathing in fresh air. It gives you a new perspective and separates you from whatever was bugging you in the first place.
2) Do something nice for someone else. Everyone is going through something. Doing something for somebody forces you to take a moment to step back and thinking of another person besides yourself. Whether it’s a hug, a quick text, or picking up the tab, a small act of kindness can go a long way. Whenever I’m really grumpy, I get the urge to pay for the person behind me in the Starbucks drive thru. It’s a nice reset for myself and who doesn’t like free coffee? (especially when it’s a $5 latte, am I right or am I right?)
3) Eat something. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “eating your feelings,” and I want to clarify that is not what I’m suggesting here. However, if you feel your mood slipping, take a moment to self assess. When was the last time you ate? Do you think you blood sugar levels are decreasing a bit? Are you feeling easily frustrated or agitated? It’s possible that you might need a little more fuel to pull you out of the temporary funk. Honestly, this has been my biggest mood resetter lately. I’ll find myself getting snappy with B, only to look at the time and realize that I need a snack (and usually she does, too).
I recently purchased a new cookbook titled “The Healthy Mind Cookbook” by Rebecca Katz. The premise of the cookbook is to share the best fruits, vegetables, meats and spices that help fuel the brain as well as your body. The author identifies several different foods that have the right vitamins and minerals to help boost your mood if you’re feeling off. Here are just a few: almonds, asparagus, avocado, beets, bell peppers, cashews, cauliflower, coconut milk , cranberries, grapefruit, kale, oranges, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, tuna and yogurt.
Next time you feel like you might need a snack, instead of going for the first thing you see, try grabbing one of the foods listed above. Not only will you curb your hunger, but you’ll be giving yourself a little extra ‘oompf’ to get over the grump hump (see what I did there?).
4) Think in exclamation points. If we’re friends on Facebook, you’ve probably seen my posts about the workout accountability group that I’m in right now. I’ve been doing it for a few weeks and it has been super helpful for me mentally and physically. I’ll be honest, though, for the first couple of days I was really intimidated by everyone else in the group. They were all being so positive!! I saw lots of exclamation points and all caps and I was feeling totally out of place, and a little bit like a Debbie Downer. Instead of continuing to feel down about it, though, I decided to make a small change in my mentality and start doing it myself. Fake it til you make it, right? You know what, though? That change totally worked and it was only a matter of time before I started believing what I was saying. Just try it, you guys! I know it sounds silly, but it actually does work.
Here, we’ll do it together: Think about the next thing you’re going to do after you finish reading this blog post. Go back to work? Eat your lunch? Run errands. Now, think about that same thing but add an exclamation point at the end. I’m going back to work! I get to eat lunch! I’m going to run errands! By making that small shift in your brain, did you feel a little different when you added the exclamation point? Forcing yourself to think positive is a great way to making a habit of actually being positive!
5) Change your tune(s). Being at home with the girls, we tend to have Christian music on the radio all day, every day. Sometimes we’ll put on Taylor Swift, but I’ve just gotten in the habit of listening to K-Love. Yesterday, Reece was fiddling with the radio and settled on a current hits station that we haven’t listened to in years. The lyrics of the song playing really weren’t that bad so we turned up the volume and man, the minute B heard the beat she was up and dancing. I swear even M was moving along to the beat (I don’t really think she was, but it looked like she was). Reece and I both started singing along and suddenly, we were all just a smidgen happier than we had been a few minutes prior. Anyways, where am I going with this? Sometimes it’s good to just change the tunes you are listening to. Change of pace! Different beat! Switch it up a bit! You never know what will happen. Need some inspiration? Here are few super random tunes that always make me smile:
Andy Grammer Honey I’m Good
Fun We Are Young
LMFAO Sexy and I Know It:
Gym Class Heroes The Fighter:
Hope these help! Have any other suggestions?? I’m always looking for more. :) Sound off in our comments or shoot us a message. We’d love to hear from you!
Happy Tuesday, folks.